Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 8, 2020: Online classes for postgraduate students in respect of Dhanamanjuri University and 6th Semester of Manipur Technical University have already started, education minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam said on Wednesday.
Extra classes for students belonging to lower classes from Class I – XII will be conducted during the summer vacation, the minister said.
Radheshyam was addressing the reporters at his office chamber at New Secretariat, Imphal.
He highlighted the steps and measures taken up by the government to address the concerns arising due to shutdown of the educational institutions in the state because of the lockdown imposed to break the chain of infection and control the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Radheshyam said classes in the Higher Education and Technical University has started through ZOOM App MOODLE – Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. The teachers are assigned to prepare study material which will be provided to the students through online classes, e-mail and whatsapp. He added that the students will also be allotted assignment topics for self study which will be submitted by the students through email and whatsapp.
He said discussions are on for promotion of the students studying in Class XI to Class XII. However the final decision will be taken by the State Cabinet. He said evaluation of answer script will begin soon after making sure that more centres for evaluations are set up.
He appealed to the private school not to charge fees to the students for the lockdown period and urged to provide salary to the teachers of the private schools.
He said the department of education (S) has issued possible links like DIKSHA, e-pathshala, NROER, SWAYAM and YouTube Channels of NIOS and CBSE from where study material in e-contents can be availed. YouTube channels with local contents can also be browsed through “SCERT Manipur” and “Department of Education Schools Manipur”. Additional Weblinks prepared for each class was also uploaded from today (Wednesday), he added.
The minister appealed to the teachers to reach out to the students to mentor and guide them through telephone and other means of communication. He also appealed to the students to visit online portals to search for study materials so that they can improve their weakness and share them among their peer groups.
He said the lockdown has also provided the opportunity to re- live and re-learn values of human relationship, family and society.
Parents, grandparents and guardians need to educate our children on our great traditions and value systems by telling stories of great heroes who sacrificed their lives to serve our nation and people, he added.